PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer team faces a must-win situation early in Ivy League play on Friday, as the Quakers look for their first conference win against another team looking for its first Ivy win in Cornell. Friday's match in Ithaca is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
Live Video For Friday - ILDN
Friday's match will be televised live on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN). This is a pay service, register for the entire season here! With the ILDN, you will be able to watch all of Penn’s home matches, as well as their Ivy League road contests. That adds up to seven of the team’s remaining nine matches!
The Quakers lead the series, 16-7-2, but the Big Red won two years ago in Ithaca and these teams drew last year 0-0 in a torrential rainstorm in Philadelphia. Prior to that, Penn went 16-0-1 over a 17-year stretch including 15 straight wins from 1999-2013.
Around the Ivy League
Penn and Cornell kick of Ivy Weekend 2. On Saturday, Columbia (1-0-0) is at Brown (1-0-0) at 3:30 p.m.; Dartmouth (0-1-0) is at Princeton (0-0-1) at 3:30; and Yale (0-0-1) is at Harvard (1-0-0) at 7 p.m.
The Big Red (3-5-1) opened Ivy play last Friday with a 2-0 loss at Columbia. Paige DeLoach has two goals to lead the Big Red, while Tess Pullano and Kennedy Yearby have also scored. Elizabeth Crowell (1a) was a first-team All-Ivy pick last year, along with goalkeeper Kelsey Tierney (0.99 GAA). Meghan Kennedy has shared time in goal with Tierney.
*Penn had a five-match unbeaten streak snapped with last Saturday's 1-0 loss to Harvard on Rhodes Field.
*Penn enters Friday's match having given up just two goals -- both of them penalty kicks -- over the last 405:21 of game action, dating back to a 2-1 win over Lafayette on September 9.
*Taking it a step further, Penn hasn't allowed a goal in the run of play in 638:33 of game action, or the 12th minute of the season opener against Maryland. Besides the two PKs (by Harvard and Delaware), Lafayette's goal came via a corner kick and the Terps' third goal in the opener was off a free kick.
*Penn's four-match win streak from September 4-16 was the program's longest since 2013, when the Quakers had a six-game win streak from October 4-22 (not allowing a goal that entire time).
*Nine of Penn's 12 goals this season -- actually, nine of the last 11 overall -- have come in the first half. Of those nine, eight have come in the first 26 minutes of the match.
*Penn has had two Ivy League Rookies of the Week, as midfielder Emily Sands won it on September 12 and goalkeeper Kitty Qu earned the honor on September 19.
*Qu, who has played all but 12 minutes in the Penn cage this year, has a 0.56 goals-against average and enters the weekend 24th nationally in that category.
*Sands, meanwhile, is tied for the team lead with six points (2g/2a) along with fellow freshman Emma Loving (who has her points via three goals).
*Five freshmen have already started at least one match this season for Penn -- Loving, Sands, Qu, Abby Reed and Megan Lloyd.
*Penn's loss to Maryland was perhaps unjust; after allowing the Terrapins a pair of goals in the first 12 minutes, Penn ended up outshooting its opponent 12-5 in the match (9-1 in the second half).
*Through 23 matches in the Nicole Van Dyke coaching era, Penn has outshot its opponent 19 times.
*Lombard also anchors a defense that allowed just 11 goals in 16 matches last season and posted seven shutouts. A transfer from the University of Miami, Lombard missed the 2014 season to a knee injury but earned All-ECAC, first-team All-Ivy, and third-team NSCAA All-Region a year ago.
*The defense also returns a trio of women who saw significant time last season in senior Tahirih Nesmith (14 appearances last year), sophomore Romie Boyd (16 starts), and sophomore Cami Nwokedi (6 starts, 12 appearances).
*Penn returns seven women who scored a goal last year, including all four who found the back of the net more than once: sophomore Sasha Stephens (4 goals in 2015), Lombard (3), sophomore Allie Trzaska (2) -- an honorable mention All-Ivy pick last year as a freshman -- and junior Lauren Petite (2).
*Blaber, Lombard and Darby Mason -- who suffered a season-ending injury in the opener vs. Maryland -- are the captains for the 2016 season.